Smartwatches are the hottest property in tech right now, and there are plenty of upcoming devices to get excited about.
As we close out 2021, there will be a host of few and exciting devices hitting our wrists. The Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS has just been released, and of course, the Apple Watch Series 7 will continue to lead the way.
Read on for our round-up of the upcoming smartwatches we're excited about.
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- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
- Huawei Watch 3
- Fitbit Sense
- Fitbit Versa 3
- Fitbit Luxe
- Garmin Venu 2
- Amazfit Bip U Pro
- Amazfit GTS 2 Mini
- Amazfit GTR 2e
- Oppo Watch
- TicWatch GTH
- TicWatch E3
- TicWatch Pro 3
- Huawei Watch Fit
- Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite
- Xiaomi Mi Watch
- GSHOCK G Squad Pro H-1000
ETA: 15 Oct 2021
The Apple Watch Series 7 is now official, with overhauled screen tech and a tweaked design. It's certainly an interim update, with no headline new features or wellness sensors to get stuck into.
While pre-launch rumors hinted at a radical new design, Apple has only subtly changed the overall look and feel, but it has grown slightly to 41mm and 45mm.
The screen tech is the biggest benefactor, bringing the edges of the display closer to the bezels. The Series 7 has just 1.7mm borders around the display, that enables a 20% larger screen area than the Series 6, and 50% more than the Series 3, which remains on sale.
The corners of the Series 7 have been softened and rounded, with finishes that refract light for a sleeker finish.
The larger screen size means you can see 50% more text on screen, and Apple has added an on-screen keyboard for text input, including QuickSwipe predictive input.
And there‚Äôs a new selection of watch faces exclusive to Series 7 too.
Sadly there‚Äôs no boost in battery life. It‚Äôs still single day, although Apple has improved faster charging. 45 minutes on charge gets you 85% battery, and 15 minutes will get you through a night‚Äôs sleep tracking.
And while we did get rumors of a rugged Apple Watch, the Series 7 uses a tougher from crystal and increases dust protection to IP6X. It retains WR50 water resistance, making it good up to 50 meters.
TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS
ETA: October 2021
Mobvoi‚Äôs 2021 update to its flagship range is a sizeable update ‚Äď and brings a more refined look and some new health features.
The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra looks more stylish with the etched bezel. However, the dimensions haven‚Äôt changed at all.
The Pro 3 Ultra retains the 47mm case, 1.4-inch screen with the impressive 454 x 454 resolution at 326ppi.
It boasts the usual dual-layer display from the Pro range that turns the AMOLED screen off to show a low-res FSTN screen. That, in conjunction with the dual processor that runs alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 chip, means the Pro 3 Ultra still offers 72 hours of battery life and 45 days in a low power mode.
The new Pro 3 Ultra is tougher with US Military Standard 810G toughness
But it‚Äôs the new HR features that catch the eye.
It adds irregular heartbeat and AFib detection, ‚Äėmental fatigue assessments‚Äô, and it will keep tabs on energy levels.
There‚Äôs GPS built in and 20 sports tracking modes, along with NFC payments via Google Pay.
It still runs Wear OS, although it will ship with Wear 2.0. Mobvoi hasn‚Äôt confirmed that it will be upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022, like the existing TicWatch Pro 3, but this is surely a given.
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro
ETA: October 2021
Amazfit GTS 3 and GTR 3
ETA: October 2021
The GTR 3 Pro kind of eclipses the duo of the GTS 3 and GTR 3, which are incremental updates to the GT 2 smartwatches.
The round-faced GTR 3 offers the same 450mAh battery as the Pro version, but can last 24 days between charges, according to Amazfit. It‚Äôs smaller at 1.39-inch, and has lower display-case ratio, so there's more bezel and a smaller display.
The square-faced Amazfit GTS 3 is designed for those looking for the best screen going. It packs in a 1.75-inch AMOLED display, with a 72% screen/case ratio and the highest PPI at 341ppi. It‚Äôs also the lightest at 24g.
The standard GTR 3 and GTS 3 miss out on the speaker, Wi-Fi and ability to make calls from the wrist ‚Äď but otherwise have the same excellent feature set, with GPS, 150 sports modes and the BioTracker 3.0 all on board.
It‚Äôs a fairly iterative update of the GTR/GTS range, which have long been favorites here at Wareable, for those looking for a great mix of features and price. The hardware changes here do look like a decent improvement ‚Äď but we‚Äôd like to see the Zepp app and Zepp OS mature to become great smartwatch companions.
They will cost ¬£159.99 and are on sale now.
Withings ScanWatch Horizon
ETA: November 2021
The ScanWatch Horizon brings the same features as the existing ScanWatch ‚Äď but in a diving watch aesthetic.
The 43mm smartwatch features a laser-engraved rotating bezel and luminous hands, with green or blue faces.
There‚Äôs the same OLED display to show activity data and notifications ‚Äď and the secondary activity goal dial. It also costs ‚ā¨499 ‚Äď so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.
Withings has upped the water resistance to 10ATM, so you can take it snorkelling or swimming.
Elsewhere, it offers the same features as the ScanWatch, which has just been cleared for release in the US.
Key features are ECG and sleep apnea detection, both of which are certified by the FDA and CE in Europe.
Elsewhere is heart rate monitoring, step and activity tracking, some excellent sleep monitoring ‚Äď and you can take it for a run using Connected GPS, although on-watch feedback is non-existant.
It also costs ‚ā¨499 ‚Äď so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.
Oppo Watch Free
ETA: October 2021
It‚Äôs far cheaper than the Oppo Watch series of smartwatches. The Watch Free has a price tag of CNY 549 ($84). The Oppo Watch 2 costs CNY 1,300 (about $200/‚ā¨170).
Fitbit Charge 5
The Fitbit Charge 5 is now official, and available for pre-order ahead of its "Fall 2021" release date. It's a major overhaul of the Fitbit Charge line-up, both in terms of design and features.
It follows the Fitbit Luxe by introducing a stainless steel case and AMOLED display, which makes it far more wearable, and pleasing on the wrist.
But it's packed with sensors that makes the Charge 5 a mini-smartwatch in its own right.
It brings ECG, the EDA stress sensor and GPS to the band, alongside the standard set of advanced sleep, stress score, Active Zones Minutes and all day heart rate tracking.
There's skin temperature and the new Daily Readiness score, which assesses how well rested you are before recommending workouts. Both of these are cleverly calculated from personal baselines, tailored to your personal physiological profile.
And it retains seven days of battery life, and Fitbit Pay.
Read our full guide to the Fitbit Charge 5.
Fossil Gen 6
ETA: September 2021
The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch has been fully announced, alongside a new generation of Michael Kors Access devices, too.
They will be the first smartwatches powered by Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform.
However, they will not run the new Wear 3 from launch. Like the TicWatch Pro 3 and E3, the new Fossils will be upgraded to Wear 3 at an unspecified point in 2022. The new version of Wear OS will be a boost for Fossil, bringing new features, (supposed) better usability, (allegedly) longer battery life and Fitbit-based activity tracking.
Both host a 1.28-inch, AMOLED touchscreen display, and like previous Fossil smartwatches, feature a rotating crown and two programmable pusher buttons.
It brings adds an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels
Read our full guide to Fossil Gen 6.
Honor Watch GS3
ETA: Announced in China only
Honor has officially teased its new Honor Watch GS 3 smartwatch in China. The news came via an official Weibo post, accompanied by plenty of pictures ‚Äď but there's little info on specs or features.
The Weibo post shows off a host of straps and finishes ‚Äď gold, silver and gun metal with several different leather bands.
The only details are that the Watch GS 3 will feature an ‚Äúeight-channel PPG heart rate monitor,‚ÄĚ which the company claims is enhanced by an AI processor.
These are publicity renders, so things can (and usually do) look less impressive in the flesh ‚Äď but the Watch GS 3 certainly catches the eye in terms of thinness and the lack of bezel.
It's certainly one to watch ‚Äď but given it's not out in China yet, it could be a while until it hits the US/Europe (if at all).
ETA: September 2021
The new Whoop 4.0 is here ‚Äď and it's smaller, more powerful and has the potential to be worn on more places open the body.
The Whoop 4.0 is 33% smaller than its predecessor, and now includes a pulse oximeter to monitor blood oxygen levels and a skin temperature sensor.
Sleep features have also been expanded, with a new sleep coach that uses haptic alerts to wake you up at optimal times based on sleep cycles and sleep time advice.
Quoted battery life is the same 5 days delivered by the Whoop Strap 3.0.
Whoop has also announced its new Body range ‚Äď with apparel such as bras, pants, leggings and sleeves designed to put Whoop in more accurate and comfortable places on the body.
ETA: On sale in Malaysia now / Global TBC
The Realme Watch 2 is now real and it seeks to pack in more features into a budget body than its predecessor that launched in early 2020.
It maintains a square look and features a 1.4-inch TFT 320x320 TFT touchscreen display. There's now up to 90 sports modes an optical heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels. It's also promising up to 12 days of battery life.
Once again though, this is one that will only work with Android phones. It's gone on sale in Malaysia for MYR 229, which works out to about $55.
That's not far off the $50 the first Realme Watch costs, so if it does launch further afield it should stick around at that budget price point.
ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC
The ZTE Watch Live sees a return to smartwatches for a company that dabbled in Wear OS and is now joining the likes of Xiaomi and Mobvoi's TicWatch GTX in serving up a smartwatch that's much kinder on your bank balance.
The square Watch Live packs in a 1.3-inch 240 x 240 TFT screen, which doesn't sound all that impressive. It does find room for the a heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor to take blood oxygen measurements.
There's the presence of 12 sports tracking profiles and there's the promise of anywhere up to 21 days of battery life, which gives it pretty impressive staying power on paper. You can also expect smartwatch staples like notification support, incoming call alerts and weather forecasts.
Priced at 249 yuan, that puts it around $38 and that's pretty cheap for a smartwatch. We'll be intrigued to see if this one makes it out of China sometime in 2021.
ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC
Huami, which also makes the Amazfit brand watches, launched its Zepp E Square and Zepp E Circle watches and followed up with the more luxury-looking Zepp Z in November, which we are currently testing.
It's since announced a Zepp Z model in China that includes a desirable feature in the way of an ECG sensor. That means it matches the likes of Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and Huawei in offering medical grade-style heart rate readings with the view of detecting abnormalities in the heart among other more serious heart health insights.
Like its ECG-packing rivals, it's only available in China right now, so it remains to be seen whether it will launch elsewhere as it'll need to wrap up the appropriate regulatory approval to set the feature live.
ECG aside, it offers all the same features as the Zepp Z model available outside of China. That includes Huami‚Äôs BioTracker 2 PPG module to deliver optical based heart-rate monitoring, SpO2 tracking and stress detection wrapped up in classic watch styling, now with a fancier titanium alloy.
Google Pixel Watch (rumored)
ETA: October 2021
It's the rumored smartwatch that has never gone away and with Google's acquisition of Fitbit, that speculation has surfaced once again.
The latest leaked information suggests it will be called Google Pixel Watch and the render above is based on what that leakster claims the smartwatch is going to look like.
Codenamed project 'Rohan' at Google HQ, the Pixel Watch will apparently feature a round, bezel-less look and will have 20 strap options. It's expected it could launch in October, which is usually a month Google chooses to launch new hardware.
We expect it of course to pack Wear OS, which has struggled to really impress. Google will surely hoping the Fitbit effect will help change that in time for when the Pixel Watch drops.
Moto G / Motorola One / Moto Watch (rumored)
It looks as if the Moto 360 is coming back for a 4th generation ‚Äď this time with three different versions: Moto Watch, Motorola One and Moto G.
CE Brands (a company that licences and reboots trusted brands) is behind the launch ‚Äď two years after a misfiring attempt to bring back the Moto 360.
The Moto G looks to be getting a release first, with widely leaked materials indicating a June 2021 release date. Those materials suggest a Snapdragon 3100 powering Wear OS, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage. It‚Äôs very much the Moto 360 reimagined, out for a fourth generation.
The Moto Watch looks to have a square design and a passing resemblance to the Apple Watch.
And the Motorola One seems to be a premium version better materials, and more rumors suggest it will run the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform. Both the Moto Watch and Morotola One are set to be launched in July 2020.